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Keeping Your Kids Teeth Safe in Sports

Preventing dental injuries in your kids is of paramount importance when you're a parent. The National Institutes of Health says 30 million children and teens are involved in sports in this country, and more than five million knocked-out teeth occur each year to the tune of $500 million in dental care costs. Common dental injuries that happen in sports include anything from tooth fractures to extrusion to temporomandibular joint dislocation. Knowing this, you may decide it's easier to just keep your kids in a bubble. But while you can't exactly anticipate or prevent all of these potential injuries, you can be prepared for them. Check out these tips: Use a mouth guard: As your first line of defense against sports…Continue Reading

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How To Achieve A Holiday-Ready Smile

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes parties, cookie swaps, plays and plenty of get-togethers with friends and family. It's so easy to get swept up in the gifts and the shopping and the food that you can inadvertently put your own appearance on the back burner. All that coffee and tea you've been swigging to get through the craziness of Black Friday is now showing its effects on your teeth. Take a good look in the mirror: do you see yellow and brown tints or spots that really detract from your smile? If so, you could benefit from some teeth whitening to get them looking more attractive. After all, you'll be meeting and greeting lots of…Continue Reading

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Why Are Dental Implants So Expensive?

Quality dental care is not cheap. Looking good and feeling good can come with a high price tag, especially in regards to dental implants. While you may have dental insurance, you may wonder why it doesn't always cover your dental implants and associated procedures. Even with partial coverage, you will likely have to pay some of it out of your own pocket. So, why are dental implants so expensive? Three million people in this country have dental implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In addition, the estimated U.S. and European market for dental implants is expected to hit $4.2 billion by 2022. To review, dental implants are basically…Continue Reading

5 Signs That Mean You Need to See Your Dentist

Whether you have been skipping your regular six-month cleanings or you go religiously but face an issue in between visits, sometimes there are dental problems that can trigger a special trip. These can range from tooth pain and inflamed gums to toothaches and white spots on the teeth. Here are five signs that mean you need to see your dentist. A sore that doesn't heal: If you notice a sore in your mouth, a lump, or a red or white patch on your cheeks, gums or tongue that doesn't go away within a couple of weeks, call your dentist, advises Reader's Digest Best Health. Oral cancer is a possibility, but the good news is that when caught early, the chances…Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Veneers. Should You Get Them?

The Pros and Cons of Veneers: Should You Get Them? You've likely heard a lot about veneers and what they can do for your smile. The only way you will know if veneers are a good option for you is to talk with your dentist. There are many pros and cons to veneers, so explore each one carefully before coming to a decision. About Veneers First, a bit about veneers. These are a form of cosmetic dentistry because they are designed to boost your oral health and improve your smile. You may be envious of people with bright white, perfect smiles. However, not everyone is born with teeth like that. Sometimes they need a little help, and that's where veneers…Continue Reading